They attack when you least expect it. They leave no fingerprints since they always leave the scene of the crime with what they were after.
The Ward Alderman and current Republican candidate Bill Timm says, "Every year you loose signs, but this year is the worst."
Alderman Timm should know when the thieves are bad. He's been through his fair share of elections since this is the third time running for alderman. Of the 300 signs he's put out, over 100 have already disappeared.
Timm tells 23 News, "I would hate this think it is party affiliated because candidates have to spend a lot of money. He and she has to realize value is very high so I would hate to think that's happening, but you have to wonder sometimes."
Last weekend, current 4th Ward Alderman and Republican candidate David Johnson got hit hard by the sign bandits. One hundred signs came up missing. They were even taken out of his own yard.
Johnson says he's had more signs vanishing this year than any other time. Maybe it's the race the robbers are looking to run away with this year? Johnson's opponent Democratic candidate, Carl Wasco, is having the same problem keeping his signs in the ground.
Wasco says, “I feel bad because people are willing to express their support for you, and then somebody else has interfered with that."
But the candidates aren't letting the sign stealers get the best of them. They say they knew what they were getting into when they decided to run.
Timm says, "This year is going to be one of the toughest races we've seen."
It’s also a campaign race that has candidates racing to stake their claim.
Sign stealing is a Class A misdemeanor, which is basically a theft charge. Anyone caught could face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine if caught and convicted.